3. Keep it clean and uncluttered
When it comes to a meditation area, less is frequently more. This environment should feel airy, bright, and clean.
Furthermore, having clutter around you will almost certainly make you feel more congested in your thoughts. Choose a location where distractions, such as the TV or your computer, are out of sight. This means you shouldn't try to put up a meditation space in your office. Remember that the entire purpose of meditation is to reduce stress in your life.
4. Be Guided by Soothing Scents
Another element to consider in your mediation room is aromatherapy. Essential oils derived from plants, such as lavender, chamomile, and peppermint, may truly soothe the soul, mind, and body.
While meditating, you can reap the advantages of aromatherapy by burning candles and incense or heating oils. Aromatherapy not only helps you relax but also stimulate brain activity.
There is also evidence that it strengthens the immune system, alleviates muscle pain, and reduces or eliminates stress. These are all excellent reasons to add aromatherapy to your meditation training.
5. Bring Sounds Into Your Meditation Room
Although not required, music or guided meditation can be incredibly calming for many people. Although quietly played in the background, meditation music can help drown out all other distractions within the home, allowing you to achieve a tranquil and peaceful state when meditating—similar to the sound of a water fountain.
Choose any sounds that you find soothing, such as ocean sounds, birds chirping, or wind whistling. Make sure the recordings are long enough to last the duration of your meditation session and consider putting the noises on repeat to eliminate interruption.
6. Consider Sound Insulating for Zero Disruption
This is especially useful for those who live in a bustling city, where noise pollutants and sounds like traffic, trains, sirens, or even neighbours are continuously heard through the walls.
Apart from that, there are other issues that can distract your mediation time:
- Poor acoustics, with excessive echo making music or an instructor's voice reverberates, making both unpleasant and difficult to listen to.
- A lack of sound makes it so quiet that you can hear everything—people breathing, hungry bellies, people passing by the room.
Hence, designing your meditation space with acoustics in mind can make all the difference.
7. Use Nature-Inspired Decor
Nature is naturally relaxing and restorative, therefore it stands to reason that you incorporate some natural components into the space where you want to relax and meditate. In reality, most people feel that meditation is all about connecting your mind and body to nature and your environment. While it would be great to meditate outside in a peaceful, natural setting, this is not always practical if you live in a busy city.
Consider incorporating natural elements into your meditation space—it will be instantly infused with harmony and balance. You can use whichever natural components you like. A plant (think the aroma of jasmine), a vase of cut flowers, jars filled with sand and seashells, or even a tiny water fountain could be used.
8. Choose a Calm yet Energising Colour
Aside from the physical aspects and sensory stimuli, you should also consider the room's colour. You want to paint the room to reflect the vibe you wish to create.
Some people believe that pastels are a lot better option than bright or dark colours since they are more soothing and relaxing. Others may disagree and choose a really dark paint palette, believing that the dark hues would make the space feel womb-like and will envelop them in calm.
Whatever hue you choose, room colour influences your mood, so choose one that appeals to your meditation requirements while also making you feel calm and comfortable.